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Fly By Night

by Arthur Dekker Savage

A young man and a young woman alone on the first over-the-moon ship. The world cheered them as the most romantic adventurers in all history. Do-gooders decried them as immoral stunters. Gaunt, serious militarists...

Stopover Planet

by Robert E. Gilbert

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

The Wedding Knell

Instinct

by George Oliver Smith

You can keep a good man down, if you've got enough headstart, are alert and persistent... so long as he limits himself to acting like a good man....

In the Arena

A Mixture of Genius

by Adam Castle

Who, but the imaginative young, shall inherit the stars?

I Like Martian Music

by Charles E. Fritch

There have been a number of interesting theories advanced about life on Mars, but few have equalled Charles Fritch's intriguing picture of the world of Longtree and Channeljumper in its infinite variations,...

Decision

by Frank M. Robinson

The captain had learned to hate. It was his profession—and his personal reason for going on. But even hatred has to be channeled for its maximum use, and no truths exist forever.

The Terrible Answer

by Arthur G. Hill

They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got— The Terrible Answer.

The Death-Traps of FX-31

by Sewell Peaslee Wright

Commander John Hanson recalls his harrowing expedition among the giant spiders of FX-31.

The Ultroom Error

by Gerald Allan Sohl

Smith admitted he had made an error involving a few murders—and a few thousand years. He was entitled to a sense of humor, though, even in the Ultroom!

Regeneration

by Charles Dye

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Not because man failed to understand his fellow man, but because he failed to understand himself. There wasn't much left afterwards--after the golden showers of deadly...

Question of Comfort

by Les Collins

The Gravity Gang was a group of geniuses--devoting its brilliance to creating a realistic Solar System for Disneyland. That was the story, anyway. No one would have believed all that stuff about cops and robbers...

Next Door, Next World

by Robert Donald Locke

Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness. Change can go any direction.

The Seven Vagabonds

The Judas Valley

by Gerald Vance

Why did everybody step off the ship in this strange valley and promptly drop dead? How could a well-equipped corps of tough spacemen become a field of rotting skeletons in this quiet world of peace and contentment?...

Forget Me Nearly

by Floyd L. Wallace

What sort of world was it, he puzzled, that wouldn't help victims find out whether they had been murdered or had committed suicide?

Goodbye, Dead Man!

by Tom W. Harris

Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished. It was Danny who came up with the idea of leaving him with the prophecy—

The Space Rover

by Edwin K. Sloat

Young Winford heads a desperate escape from the prison mines of Mercury.

Rough Translation

by Jean M. Janis

Don't be ashamed if you can't blikkel any more. It's because you couldn't help framishing.